Pam was the seventh midwife I interviewed while pregnant with my first child. I was trying to find a midwife that fit three criteria: 1. competent practitioner 2. Someone I trusted would put my baby and I first 3. a good personality fit I finally found all three in Pam and I believe that my wonderful birth experience was made possible by her care. Our prenatal visits were productive and positive. She was proactive but not fearful when my water broke without any contractions for 16 hours. During labor Pam was a shadow when all I wanted was the quiet, and she was at my side with active support when I needed her to be. My husband always speaks of his appreciation for Pam's sensitivity to what was most helpful moment to moment. I can still hear her calm, confident voice reassuring me and quieting my anxiety when my daughter was crowning. I believe it is because of her coaching that I did not tear during my birth. My only regret with birthing with Pam was that I forgot to take a photograph with her and the beautiful baby she helped me bring into my home. Pam will always hold a special place in my heart - I refer her to all my friends, and hope to enjoy her care with my next pregnancy.